The joy of not cooking is a pleasure every modern woman should experience at least once in her life. Don’t get me wrong, I love to hook up a fantastic meal every now and then. But when you’re trying to work your normal job, run a business, and still have time for your own sanity, a home cooked meal often takes a backseat. I’ll often eat a bowl of cereal to satisfy my hunger or settle for fast food that I end up regretting later on. That’s where Crateful comes in.
You’ve heard of meal prep and pre-packed dinners, right? Crateful is essentially that but a whole lot cooler. Imagine super-delicious and healthy chef prepared meals delivered to your door everyday. Oh, and did I mention it’s all organic. That’s right. You can get your grub-on without feeling guilty.
Here’s how it works:
Go to Crateful.la and pick a menu. You’ve got a choice between Chef, Fit, Vegetarian, and Paleo. If you’re trying to eat lean and cut back on fatty foods, Fit and Paleo are great options for you. But if you’re like me and don’t want to skip out on any indulging, go for Chef. Wink- wink. In this part of the selection process you can choose how many days you want to enjoy the service: 5, 10, 20, or 40 days.
Next create your meal plan. You can choose to have 2 meals a day (lunch and dinner) or all 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). The cool thing about this is you also get to choose the size of these meals. If you’re not a huge eater and you’ve opted for 3 meals a day, you might want the smaller calorie count. This is also where you get to add in your dietary restrictions. Gluten free, lactose intolerant, allergic to shellfish, or maybe you don’t eat avocado (like me)… you get to add these allergies or preferences here.
Finally, schedule your deliveries. Remember at the very beginning you chose how many days you want to grub on Crateful, now you get to decide which days you want those meals delivered. This is also a convenient option if you’re traveling or have events planned in advance when you know you won’t be eating at home.
I went through this entire process and picked the Chef menu for 10 days specifying that I don’t eat raw onions, avocados, mustard, mayo, and bananas. Yes, I am a picky eater and I own it. At first it was an adjustment getting used to the delivery schedule due to last minute changes on my end. The meals got dropped off on my doorstep in the wee hours of the night or morning in a nifty insulated cooler bag with ice packs to keep the food fresh. When I opened up the bag there were my 3 meals with a menu for the day.
Now I’m sure you’re wondering what the food was like. Let me just run off a few of these dishes for you: breakfast taco Italian style with spinach, olives, mushroom manchego cheese and sundered tomatoes; Petrale sole with roasted carrots and sweet potatoes, veggie lasagna and cauliflower salad; lamb ribs and tomato pesto zucchini noodles; almond milk coconut budino. If your mouth isn’t watering right now, I don’t know what to tell you. The food did not disappoint. The meals were imaginative, beautifully presented, and tasty. Some of the ingredients in the dishes may have been the same but none of the meals were repetitive.
Is Crateful a good idea? No doubt. For nearly two weeks I didn’t have to worry about what I was going to eat to sustain myself and the food was delicious. Is Crateful wallet friendly? I’d say so. With the lunch and dinner you’re paying just over $30 a day for guilt-free food delivered to your door. If you opt for the medium or large calorie count, the portions are even enough for leftovers. Let’s keep in 100. Most of the takeout in Los Angeles is more expensive than that. So, is Crateful worth it? Heck Yeah!
For the busy modern woman or guy who isn’t trying to cook every single day, this meal service is definitely for you. Use code NikiaEats17 to receive 10% off your order of Crateful. Just enter the code at checkout and voila!
Thank you to Crateful for partnering with me and for providing meals for this article.